Saturday, December 29, 2007

The sniffles, A cold, The flu no its....

Just a few short weeks ago I had a cold with a minor fever (101) so I was calling it a mini-flu, well I guess I never really got over it because the mini flu has turned itself into Pneumonia and under threat of hospitalization, I have been bedridden especially since I have never smoked and I am not of a certain age. The doctor wants to keep an eye on me but not too close of an eye say at the hospital. I was okay with that. This is the first opportunity I have had to get on the computer in days and I thought I would make a quick post.

I am not even at home. My Mom picked up my children and me and took us to her house. She said we'd have better care there. She is right of course.

I have never had Pneumonia before. The pain in your chest is incredible! The codeine laced cough syrup does even take the edge off.

The princess is desperate to pick a winner but since we aren't near the prize and didn't think it fair to pick the winner yet. So since Mother Nature has made me delayed if you want to get in your late entries, be my guest.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Happy Holidays!

Miss Sunshine calls him Pepito and he says, "Merry Christmas, Season Greetings, Happy Hanukkah and Is it snowing yet?" That is all according to Miss Sunshine.
From our family to yours, wishing you a Happy and Healthy Holiday and that your wishes all come true during your holiday season.

Sunday, December 23, 2007


As most of you know, we don't celebrate Christmas. What is there for us to do during Christmas you might ask? Eat Chinese food and go to the movies. Sounds very stereotypical but, it is actually comically true. My sister and hubby happen to be in town these past few days and leave tomorrow. They came in town so that my sister could go with Miss Sunshine and me to Miss Sunshine's second opinion doctor appointment. The doctor pretty much said the same exact thing.

Anyway, so tonight, we are doing half the tradition, going out for Chinese food. One of my favorite Chinese restaurants too that we wouldn't get to go to on Christmas Day since they are normally closed Christmas day but, since we are going today, they are open. Being that we live near Philadelphia, we have a Chinatown here. Not as nice or large as NYC but still ours and a touch of China. I have been going to this restaurant since I am able to eat solid foods so you can definitely say it is a favorite.

The Princess is going to and she is very excited. She got all dressed up for the occasion.

She and I will do the other half of the tradition on Christmas Day. Perhaps Enchanted or Golden Compass.

What Happens During Winter Vacation

When a Princess and Miss Sunshine start their winter vacation what happens to my computer time? It goes down to practically nothing, that is what happens.

Either we are running around like chickens finishing up some last minute Occupational Therapy and doctor appointments or both of them wrestle it out for the computers.

At least we aren't running around for last minute shopping, LOL

If only I was using the time to knit instead. Well, getting kicked off again!!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Winter Wonderland Coffee Swap Topic of The Week

The Winter Wonderland Coffee Swap Topic of the week....

Last weeks topic, we wanted to know what is your favorite activity during the "Wintery" months. Please post what would be the perfect vacation during the Winter Season? Would rather you head to the beach, to escape all the cold weather or want to pack your ski's and head to the mountains. You tell us what vacation you prefer during the Winter Season.

Okay, this is an easy one. Since I HATE the cold, can't stand the snow, am attempting to stay away from the wind and as my husband would say throwing away good money by turning the heat way up because I am always freezing, I would have to say some where nice and tropical or at least warmer than here.

I am definitely not a beach person, I don't really like the sand getting every where, therefore, I actually think right now, ideally, I could go for San Diego. The temperature tends to stay during the day a nice 70-ish. There is a lot for the girls to see, the Zoo, Sea World, some friends. It is a nice drive up the coast to Los Angeles if we so choose to see some family and it wouldn't be too hot. Yeah, that does sould like a nice trip.

PS. Click here if you are looking for my Blogoversary Contest

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Happy Belated Blogoversary!!

Wow, I can't believe it has been two years since I began writing this blog. I started back on December 16, 2005 because a soap friend of mine wanted us to write out our bios and it just turned on a new writing flood for me. Okay, I did have some quiet spells there. What can you say when you have two very active little ones running around.

You all have been with me through a lot this past year and I love you all for that. So, of course, I have a Blogoversary present for one of you!!

With a couple of hanks of my favorite yarn to go with it and of course some of my handmade goodies as well.

Since this is a pattern with my favorite yarn, to earn an entry to win it, just leave a comment with your favorite yarn and a pattern for it as well. Get brownie points for each person you point over here or posting about my Blogoversary on your own blog.

You have till British Boxing Day to enter ;-)

Thursday, December 13, 2007

One of my Favorite Literary Character's as Yarn

One of my favorite books to read and one of my favorite made for television mini-series to watch is Pride & Prejudice (not the one with Keira Knightly but the one with Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth) by Jane Austen. I like Jane Austen novels, the time period, the romance of it the strong characters and the strong women. I especially love Elizabeth Bennet.

Now I come to find that a company called Yarn Love has dedicated Miss Elizabeth Bennet in Yarn and that The Loopy Ewe has the yarn (click it to go directly to the yarn). Unfortunately for me, of course, although it come in gorgeous colorways, it is made up of 65% Superfine Merino, 20% Bamboo, 15% Silk. Well, 1 out of 3 fibers isn't bad.

Just, please, let me know if any one has a yarn named after Jo March. I think I would be more upset if I couldn't use that yarn. Little Women is STILL my all time favorite book.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Winter Wonderland Coffee Swap Topic of The Week

The Winter Wonderland Coffee Swap Topic of the week....

For many people, Winter is a time of cold weather and snow - and many fun outdoor activities that can only be enjoyed during those times! What's YOUR favorite activity in Winter, and is it even outdoors??

Okay, here is a confession for you, I have lived in the mid-Atlantic states my entire life and I HATE THE SNOW!!!! I hate everything about it. It is cold, it is wet, it makes a mess in my house when the kids and hubby drag their boots back in, I don't like to drive on it and it causes havoc on on the entire town.

I'd really prefer to get back under the covers and stay there till spring and warmer weather but of course that is not an option. So perhaps I will just go visit my sister in Florida but, if she calls me one more time and tells me it is over 80 where she lives I might have to hurt her ;-)

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Hanukkah - 8th and final night

Fully lit Hanukkiot or Hanukkah Menorahs will glow brightly tonight. I love the last night of Hanukkah and seeing the entire Menorah lit up. It is so beautiful.
The holiday technically ends tomorrow at sundown since all of our holidays are sundown to sundown, sort of like Christmas which has an "eve" in it but, we don't light candles tomorrow. Tonight is the last time and then we put the menorah, the candles, the dreidels and any decorations away till next year.
We have our huge fun celebration with the kids tonight where I work which should be a ton of fun. My students can't wait.
I hope everyone learned a little something new about Hanukkah this year. Happy holidays. Enjoy your holiday what ever you celebrate and on with the knitting!!!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Hanukkah - 7th Night

I received TWO wonderful gifts in the mail during the Hanukkah holiday.

The first was from my very good knitting friend Anne

She sent some wonderful goodies including something I had never seen before for Hanukkah and I love the concept and some wonderful Cascade Fixation. Is that a hint to knit some Socks? ;-) Also two bath fizzies that Miss Sunshine is desperate to try in her bath. There is also a lovely skein of Natural cotton in a shade of pink that, of course the Princess wants something made for her immediately if not sooner.

Next, I received an AMAZINGLY AWESOME package of goodies from my swap pal in the Winter Wonderland Coffee Swap who did a fantastic job. Katie definitely had a challenge since I am a non-animal fiber knitter, one of my daughter's is allergic to dairy and I don't celebrate Christmas. She wanted to make sure I got my box during my holiday which ends Wednesday and she lives in Canada. Whew, what a tall order but, she came through with flying colors!!!

Is this not an amazing swap package, or what?!? Coffee, chocolate, Hot chocolate, a mug and yarn, yarn and yarn!!! So soft, so colorful so much variety. Soy, cotton and bamboo yarns, all fibers I love to knit with. Oh so yummy!
Thank you to both Anne and Katie for helping to make my Hanukkah all the more special!!

Hanukkah - The 6th Night

Sorry, Miss Sunshine took over the computer all day yesterday and I did not get a chance to post so I will be doing more than one post today.

Speaking of Miss Sunshine, she has a "thing" for fire. When she was a lot younger she was burning on one of the pilots on the stove and definitely doesn't like anything hot near that area. She also still thinks that any time a candle is lit, it is for a birthday and needs to be blown out. See our dilemma?

When we go to light our Menorah, unless we have an extra candle for Miss Sunshine to blow out, we find it very difficult to sing the blessings or light the candles. So, we make sure we have some extra candles around to she can blow them out. She will even say the blessings along with the Princess (or at least pretend to say them) if she knows she can blow a candle out at the end. The Princess likes to hold the candle for her and Miss Sunshine says "amen" and blows it out. I guess a new family tradition is born.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Hanukkah - The 5Th Night

I saw these advertisements recently for my private elementary school. You see, I grew up in West Philadelphia and if you had a choice you absolutely did not go to public school, you went to any kind of private school you could find. We, obviously, are not Catholic, so we went to a Jewish prep school (we actually could have gone Quaker but that thought didn't cross my parents' minds till my sister was ready for school so, she went to a Quaker elementary school instead)

Anyway, back to these advertisements. They make mention how students who go to their schools have better morals and values because of what they are taught there and the last one had this girl with short hair and how she recently donated her hair to a girl who had lost her hair to cancer. It is to get you to think how wonderful of her. I want my children to have the same type of values as this little girl; I want to send my children to the same school.

If I could actually afford it, would I want to send my daughters to this school? Well, yes because it is a Jewish Day school and my Alma Mater but not necessarily because of the values it teaches. Did I not get those from my parents?

It did get me thinking of the Princess' values and all the types of things the Princess has done to give back to the community at her ripe old age of 7, though.

  1. She has donated her hair to Locks of Love, twice and at this moment is growing it out to do it a third time
  2. She has donated her piggy bank money to MANNA, an organization that provides meals and other specialized services to men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-threatening illness, every year since she is 4
  3. Last year on days that she had vacation but her sister did not she offered to go in and read books to her sister's preschool and wants to do it again this year
  4. Every year on her birthday and on Hanukkah she selects one of her new toys and donates it to the Marines Toy Drive
  5. Ever since her sister was diagnosed with a mild form of Autism, she has been an immense help to me and help to her sister giving up her own free time most of the time to do it
Did I mention she is only 7?

With all that is going on with Miss Sunshine, I want to take out some time for the Princess and say just how proud I really am of her. I highly doubt it is the values I learned from that school but definitely those I learned from my parents. I am glad to see that it is being passed down to the Princess. She does still fight me, throw her hissy fits and tantrums but, there are still good values and a very good 'Neshuma' soul sprouting and growing inside of her. She truly is becoming a wonderful young lady.

Friday, December 07, 2007

A New Swap, How Can I Resist?

A yummy Hot Cocoa Swap is on its way! Hosted by the ever warm Michelle and Lesley. Sign ups begin on December 16Th!! The swap runs from January 1st (who can think about January?!?!?!) till February 28Th (do they know that 2008 is a leap year and therefore February actually has 29 days?!)

As I type this, watching it snow flurry outside and drink some Hershey's white chocolate hot cocoa... I can't wait!!

Hanukkah - The 4th Night

Miss Sunshine got her medical assistance card for Hanukkah yesterday!!! It was a HUGE sigh of relief around here!! We can now, hopefully really get the ball rolling on some of her treatment and get some of these medical bills paid. Don't get me wrong, our regular insurance is good but, with a co-payment 3-4 times a week it does add up.

Today we are going to get Miss Sunshine's speech and language evaluation done. I am very happy we finally have an actually date for the the thing because the center keep on calling back and changing it. I actually began to feel bad for the coordinator because it wasn't her fault. At least she got us an appointment closer to our home instead of one where we'd have to drive close to an hour away like our original appointment.

So something light and fun for Hanukkah today. The original Adam Sandler Hanukkah Song.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Hanukkah 3rd Night

We got a dusting of snow with our second night of Hanukkah. Both girls were very excited for that. Mom, not so excited. This morning of course it is a sheet of ice out there and both Mom and Miss Sunshine are buckets of snot - sorry to be gross.

Today might be a Hot chocolate, curl up in bed, knit and watch movies kind of day for the two of us.

How to Light A Menorah (The Hanukkah Candelabra)

Things You'll Need
Menorahs (Has 9 places for candles)

Step One
Place the menorah in a central spot in your home where all who pass can see its glow.

Step Two
Recite the following blessing at nightfall on the first day of Hanukkah before you light the candle on the far right: "Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with his commandments and commanded us to kindle the lights of Hanukkah."

Step Three
Light the shamash, or service candle, and then use it to light the candle, or oil wick, on the far right of the menorah. As you do so, say the following: "Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the universe, who performed miracles for our ancestors, at this season, in days past." Replace the shamash in its holder and let both candles glow until they burn themselves out.

Step Four
Add the following shehechiyanu blessing only on the first night of Hanukkah: "Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the universe, who gave us life and kept us and delivered us to this time." (You can say this blessing at anything actually during the first of many events. When you give birth, child first walks, made it through a tough time, etc.)

Step Five
Light two candles on the second night, keeping in mind that you always light from left to right using the shamash.

Step Six
Continue with three candles on the third night in the same manner, and continue doing this each night until, on the eighth night, all eight candles are burning brightly (nine, including the shamash). On each night, repeat the first two blessings quoted above.

The menorah should be filled from right to left, but the candles lighted from left to right.

The placement of the shamash can vary with different menorahs, but it will be set apart in some way. It may be in the center of the menorah, or it may be raised above the others.

On Friday, light the candles before sunset to avoid lighting on the Sabbath.

As you do with all lighted candles, keep these ones away from highly flammable objects and well beyond the reach of small children.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

2nd Night of Hanukkah

Were you wondering what the girls received last night? ;-) They received their gifts from their paternal grandmother and paternal great Aunt. They got some Magical School Bus books and movies, Shrek 3 and a few other videos. We did light candles and Miss Sunshine thought it was a birthday party and attempted to blow them out.

What did I get you ask? A nasty cold!! I am so congested it isn't even funny. Plus the chills and the chance of snow tonight does not warm the spirit. YUCK!

Perhaps I will make Latkes (Potato pancakes) tonight

2 cups peeled and shredded potatoes
1 tablespoon grated onion
2 eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour or matzah meal
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup peanut oil

Wring out all the excess water and starch from the potatoes

In a medium bowl stir the potatoes, onion, eggs, flour and salt together.

In a large heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat, heat the oil until hot. Place large spoonfuls of the potato mixture into the hot oil, pressing down on them to form 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick patties. Brown on one side, turn and brown on the other. Let drain on paper towels. Serve hot!

Easy enough and you can enjoy with sour cream or apple sauce

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Happy Hanukkah - 1st Night

First Night of Hanukkah is tonight and the girls are soo excited!! Here is a little something for you, since I get asked this all the time.


There is a long tradition of playing games of chance during the evenings of the holiday.

The Dreidel is a four sided top printed with the Hebrew letters:

These letters represent the words "nes godal hayah sham" and translate into
A Great Miracle Happened There.

Also the numbers in add up to

Nun = 50, Gimmel = 3, Hey = 5, Shin = 300 which equals 358.

Remarkably, this is equivalent to the exact numerical value for the word
"Moshiach" (Messiah).

Mem = 40, Shin = 300, Yud = 10, Chet = 8 which equals

The Rules of the Game:

Everyone in the game starts with 10-15 tokens (gold foil chocolate coins,
nuts, raisins, pennies). Each player puts one of these into the middle (called
the pot). The dreidel is spun by one player at a time. Whether he wins or
loses depends on which face of the dreidel is up when it falls.

means nisht or "nothing." Player does nothing.

means gantz or "all." Player takes everything in the pot.

means halb or "half." Player takes half of what is in the pot.

means shtel or "put in." Player adds two objects to the pot.

When only one object or none is left in the pot, every player adds one. When
an odd number of objects are in the pot, the player rolling heh, "half" takes
half the total plus one. When one person has won everything the game is over.

Have Fun!!

Sunday, December 02, 2007

A Hat Fit For A Princess

Begun and finished during my two day craft show. Am I a fast knitter or was it a very slow craft show? Hmmm..... (not the best picture but if not now, I will forget)
Of course the Princess LOVES the hat and since she went with me today, as soon as I finished it and the place we were was VERY cold, she put it on ASAP and was sporting it. A few ladies that had spaces there around me were telling me that for next year I should sell some hats and matching scarves or mittens too. Food for thought but not so sure. I did sell a few soap bags and wash clothes though :-D
Well, back to the Sigma and baby knitting.....

Friday, November 30, 2007

Cotton Ease and a Hat

Tomorrow and Sunday, believe it or not, I am not running to OT or other appointments I am actually working a two day craft fair which means I can also take a some what simple knitting project with me. I usually take a wash cloth or a soap bag with me because when I am finished, I can place it on my sale table. However, the Princess is in need of a new hat. Imagine that ;-) She did appropriate my hat but it is not pink so she really would like her own in pink of course.

I showed her a skein of burgundy with no band (not sure what it is), a skein of natural pink from Lion Brand, a bag of various pinks and purples from Sugar N Cream and a skein of Berry Cotton Ease. She chose the Cotton Ease. To be honest, this will be my first time using Cotton Ease. I know some of you rave about it so I can't wait to try it. I have a pattern in mind. Not 100% on the number of stitch to cast on but, I will do some quick math (yuck!) and figure it out before cast on.

Miss Sunshine already dug up her hat from last year and is wearing it proudly. She loves that green and pink thing. Not sure if I ever posted a picture of it.

It is cute.

So tomorrow I hopefully will sell out of goodies AND get some time to knit a hat for the princess. Now that would be an ideal day.

SP 11 Pal Goodies Arrival and I know Who my Angel is!!

I FINALLY know who my SP 11 Pal is and she is an angel!! Julianne really out did herself with the final package!!!

A lovely holiday issue of "Knit Simple", yummy, delicious chocolates that Miss Sunshine and I have already sampled, Princess-y items for Miss Sunshine and The Princess, Simply GORGEOUS hand knit socks done in Maizy which will go into my "special day" rotation (I thank you so much for these!!!) and TWO skeins of these amazingly soft Purple and Orange Elsebeth Lavold Cotton Frappe.

Here is a close up of the Purple and Orange Elsebeth Lavold Cotton Frappe. What a terrific color combination.

Julianne Thank You so VERY much for absolutely EVERYTHING you have sent me from the messages, the posts and the packages over the past few months!! You have truly been a great new friend over my tough times.

Sending you many cyber (((HUGS))) across the Internet!!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Knitted Socks

No, I haven't taken up knitting traditional knitted socks. I have just realized something this morning about knitted socks.

I have two pairs of wonderful knitted socks from two AMAZING friends. One in North Country Cotton from my friend Robin (blog-less) and one pair in Bamboozle from the ever so fabulous Jessi.

Ever time Miss Sunshine has a critical appointment with one of her doctors, ever time she has a crucial test being done, like today, I grab a pair of my knitted socks and put them on. As you can guess, they get washed quite frequently and are lasting very well. I guess I am subconsciously taking all of you with me to my appointments with Miss Sunshine. Of course I am also taking some knitting with me. Wouldn't be an appointment without some knitting in my bag.

So, today and tomorrow, you will all be with us. We have two very important appointments and hopefully get the ball rolling on some services so to speak.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Winter Wonderland Coffee Swap Topic of The Week

The Winter Wonderland Coffee Swap Topic of the week.... you know you were waiting for this, weren't you? (I hope my pal actually reads these with a cup of coffee so I don't bore her to sleep, LOL)

What is the ideal setting for enjoying the perfect cup of coffee? Who would be there - or would you be alone? Inside or out? Morning or night? With food or just the steaming cup of Joe?

My house is always so LOUD. A lot of noise all day long. The kids, the husband, the TV, the music, the video games, the rustling of papers, it is just so LOUD. Even when they sleep, they all sleep so LOUDLY.

I get up before everyone else does and if I remember and if I have enough time, I make myself a nice cup of coffee and sit there in the stillness of the house before everything begins to move and shake and wake up. I sit still and quite, enjoy the peace without a care in the world, clear my head without a thought except the scent of the coffee and the stillness of the house before the day begins.

Then in a few moments it can get LOUD all over again.

Although today, I enjoyed a nice slice of homemade pumpkin pie with my coffee too

Friday, November 23, 2007

Black Friday

Okay, so why is it that they call it Black Friday anyway?

With the not sleeping at the getting up at the crack of dawn repeatedly, this morning actually gave me something to do. I got up, got dressed in the dark before the sun rose, and went people watching at the big stores like Best Buy, Target and Walmart which are all near where I live. It was all rather fascinating. We have already completed all of our shopping so I really don't have anything to buy for the holidays. I had no cart and walked around the stores. People looking at me oddly since I wasn't buying anything.

People had their carts filled with who knows what, lists in hand with items they needed to buy. Some looking frantic because they couldn't find what they needed and some on their cells asking the person on the other end millions of questions. It was all of so surreal. The sales people looked tired and worn out already. One told me he had been there since 3 AM working and customers were so rude and greedy. I truly felt for him. I was always taught you always get more flies with honey ;-)

I am going out again later with my sister. It is a tradition with us. Last near we even went to Toys R Us. I know we are a bit nuts ;-)

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Doing a Mitzvah, A Good Deed

My good friend Chan is running a wonderful contest on her blog. I tought I would reiterate my response here as well.

Being that Miss Sunshine was just diagnosed with PDD-NOS, we are selecting a new charity. I am thinking Autism Speaks but perhaps more local, Autism Society of American, Philadelphia Chapter

Oh and to answer in your debate Chan, the is a difference in my mind between a charity and a non-profit as well. A youth group, a church, a school could all be non-profits. That doesn't mean they are charities trying to raise money for a cause.

Oh and chan also had this blog thing on her blog as well. Perfect for Thanksgiving :-)

You Are Apple Pie

You're the perfect combo of comforting and traditional.
You prefer things the way you've always known them.
You'll admit that you're old fashioned, and you don't see anything wrong with that.
Your tastes and preferences are classic. And classic never goes out of style.

Those who like you crave security.
People can rely on you to be true to yourself - and true to them.
You're loyal, trustworthy, and comfortable in your own skin.
And because of these qualities, you've definitely earned a lot of respect.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

The Princess and I have already made two non-dairy pumpkin pies - YUM!!!

And the Princess and her Ita (Maternal grandmother) have made a delicious non-dairy apple pie (double yum!!)
(sorry, stock photos)

Still to make the veggies, salad and potatoes....

The girls and I got to see my sister last night. We were SO EXCITED!!!! She just got in from Florida and we hadn't seen her in a while. It is going to be a great holiday weekend.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Teach Your Children Well

It is finally time to teach the Princess to knit. I told her she needed to learn how to tie a knot and a bow, the good 'ole rabbit ears, and by golly she did it. We had our first quick lesson on Sunday night.

She picked a set of pink plastic needles that I had in my collection and some pink yarn, of course. I casted on for her to make it easier for her. She put her hands on mine and off we went. We did two rows this way and then she did a row herself, sort of. She didn't get too frustrated and I was really proud of her. I know it is going to take her a while to get it on her own but she really has the drive to learn and she really wants something that she and I can be passionate about together.

I spend a lot of time with Miss Sunshine either taking her to appointments or doing therapy at home, I want something the Princess and I can have for the two of us that we can do where ever. The Princess decided it should be knitting and I completely agree with her. You should just see the excitement in her face and twinkle in her eyes.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Seminar Knitting

I currently teaching at an accredited after school and even though it is only a few hours a week, it is still accredited and therefore he teachers still need to have so many hours a year of in service. Today was one of those such days.

The seminar was interesting in itself and I won't bore you with the details but the brought in a very dynamic speaker and Author from Boston to speak to a few after school programs. During the morning session, I paid very close attention to him but noticed a few other teachers knitting so of course I took out the knitting too. I spent the rest of the day listening and knitting. Not a bad way to make money ;-)

Friday, November 16, 2007

38 Things - What the Heck

Even though I shouldn't be talking to Jessi, the trader that she is, I figure what the heck, I will answer these stupid questions. I haven't been blogging in a while anyway. I also haven't been sleeping.

38 things about me that you may or may not want to know.

1. Name one person who made you laugh last night? Tim Gunn, I was watching a repeat of Project Runway. I love that show

2. What were you doing at 0800? Watching America's Next Top Model (Okay i like that crap TV, sue me)

3. What were you doing 30 minutes ago? Reading the news on

4. What happened to you in 2006? Do I remember 2006? Oh Yeah, Activities for the kids mostly

5. What was the last thing you said out loud? No, You cannot blow bubbles onto your sister's bed

6. How many beverages did you have today? 2 cups of coffee, 8 cups of water, 1 cup of tea

7. What color is your hairbrush? Purple

8. What was the last thing you paid for? OT for my daughter

9. Where were you last night? Home, watching reruns

10. What color is your front door? Brick Red

11. Where do you keep your change? Lots and lots of Piggy Banks

12. What’s the weather like today? It TOO DAMN COLD

13. What’s the best ice-cream flavor? Not a huge ice cream eater right now

14. What excites you? If someone were to tell me Miss Sunshine was going to be just fine

15. Do you want to cut your hair? I need a cut and color

16. Are you over the age of 25? Didn't your Mama teach you never to ask a woman her age?

17. Do you talk a lot? What's a lot?

18. Do you watch the O.C.? Got bored after the first season

19. Do you know anyone named Steven? Yes I do

20. Do you make up your own words? I have two kids. what do you think?

21. Are you a jealous person? On Occasion

22. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter “A”. Aileen

23. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter ‘S’. Sonya

24. Who’s the first person on your received call list? Aileen

25. What does the last text message you received say? "British Actress Emily Blunt has vowed to remain in her native England because she hates Hollywood (WENN)"

26. Do you chew on your straw? No.

27. Do you have curly hair? Well, sort of. It is a wavy curly

28. Where’s the next place you’re going to? Sleep

29. Who’s the rudest person in your life? Difficult to say

30. What was the last thing you ate? PB&J

31. Will you get married in the future? I think this is it

32. What’s the best movie you’ve seen in the past 2 weeks? Have I seen a movie in the past two weeks?

33. Is there anyone you like right now? I am supposed to like people? j/k I have made a lot of new friends through knitting and blogging.

34. When was the last time you did the dishes? You are supposed to do the dishes?

35. Are you currently depressed? Being that my youngest daughter was just diagnosed with something that shocked me, I think I am a little bit

36. Did you cry today? yes

37. Why did you answer and post this? Because my good friend Jessi made me, er I mean asked me to do it.

38. Tag 5 people who would do this survey: Hmm, I think we are all memed out :-) Anyone want to give it a go?

Winter Wonderland Coffee Swap Topic of The Week

The Winter Wonderland Coffee Swap Topic of the week!! Still struggling with blog posts so these are definitely a great idea

The Thursday upcoming is Thanksgiving in the U.S., so let's all - American and not alike! - just share a post with what it is we're thankful for. A wonderful thing to do any time of year, I thought it'd be a nice thing to share for this week with the group!

Miss Sunshine and I have been through the ringer this year. Whether you read my blog or not, we have been going through all kinds of testing to see what is going on with her and finally this past Tuesday her official diagnosis came through.

My Mom and I call it alphabet soup because everything has an acronym with letters. Officially she has PDD-NOS, ADHD and fine motor skill delay. To learn about PDD-NOS, just click on the ribbon on the side bar. I am in a bit of a shock needless to say.

I am very thankful to have such a wonderful Mom to hold my hand and to offer support through this all. I am also very thankfully to have such a wonderful sister who is actually an expert in this field and although she lives in Florida, she is flying home next week to spend some time with me and then flying in again for Miss Sunshine's next critical appointment in December. My sister has already gotten me in touch with some fabulous resources here where I live that I don't think I would have found on my own. I don't know what I would do without the two of them.

I am also thankful for the Princess. She has really been amazing through all of this and she know it is still going to be a struggle. I try to make sure she gets to be 7 but she helps me out so much. I am so thankful to have such an amazing daughter.

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving!


It seems as if my closest knitting blog buddies (AND YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE!!!) Have up and left blogger for some other blog type formatting which shall remain nameless. They SEEM to have up and done this during my week of shock, pain and panic (hence the lack of blogging) and never even bothered to tell me they were moving. Some friends they turned out to be ;-)

At the moment too much change is not a very good thing to my system and I was never one who was any good at playing follow the leader or good under peer pressure. Actually if my peers were doing it I usually did the opposite, LOL.

Therefore, even though I feel as though my buds stranded me here on blogger, I am staying put. At least for the time being. Blogger has been good to me and I need all the good I can get.
(see my answer to Winter Wonderland Coffee Swap topic of the week for further details....)

Monday, November 12, 2007

Happy Belated Birthday to My Big Brother!!

My BIG Brother turned the B-I-G F-O-U-R-T-Y this past Saturday the old man and I am so THANKFUL I got to see him make it to his birthday. He has definitely give us a great deal of scares through his life with having both severe asthma and allergies as a child (it was easier to say what he could eat than what he could not) and all his hospital trips to his dare devil phase which I do not blame to his most recent scare, his bout with cancer, twice.

So here is to you big brother, we might not be as close as we used to be but, I sure hope to spend another 40 years with you. Even more....

Look What I Got!!

I ordered the beta t-shirt from Ravelry and it arrived this week!! I am so excited! A lot of people already got theirs because they went to Rhinebeck, which of course, I did not go to. Without firth ado, the shirt and the buttons I ordered.

A close-up of what it says. They also sent to me a Name badge from Rhinebeck. Isn't that sweet?

Here is a better close-up of the buttons. The "daily dose of fiber" has two meanings for me. Not only for the knitting but because of my lovely colon issues I literally have to take a daily does of fiber, LOL. So appropriate.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Winter Wonderland Coffee Swap Topic of The Week

The Winter Wonderland Coffee Swap Topic of the week!! Love these since I currently have a little bit of writers block

As the cold of winter approaches, do you change the projects you work on? Not really. I still have a gazillion babies to knit for, I still don't like long, intricate projects that take a long time to knit and I still can't knit with animal fibers so there isn't much to change ;-). I might make The Princess or Miss Sunshine a new winter hat if we can't find their old ones or they need a new one or if one of their friends request one but that is about it

Do you work on gifts for others or do you continue working on projects for yourself? I RARELY ever knit something for myself. I should do that one day, I really should. So the answer is, I knit 99.9% for others.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

KI Jewish Deli

With all the goings on around here, I never posted the picture I took with my camera phone (so excuse the fuzziness) while waiting for a table at one of the better known Jewish Delis around my parts with the Princess

The Princess is holding my knitting. You can end up waiting a while so what better to do than knit? I do get stares of course but, the princess and I give them the mind your own business stares right back.

Actually, the father and grandfather of one of my students from last year own the place but, I actually never have run into her there. I guess she gets sick of the food, LOL

Have no clue what it is going to end up being. I am just playing around with some left over cotton I had in my bag. I didn't feel like pulling out Sigma in a crowded waiting area.

101? 102? 103?

Guess the temperature of my children. Yes that is correct the are running fevers!! Both off and on for the past three days. LUCKY ME!!! However they seem to have no other symptoms so I am guessing it is just one of those passing viruses. Once they take their hourly dose of Tylenol they are just fine and dandy and of course Miss Sunshine is back to running around like a chicken. In fact she has taken to laying down and watching her evening movie with our stuffed animal chicken (how ironic is that?, LOL) I sometimes call her Monkey or chicken and she has one of each and I guess she knows that they are meant as her "nicknames"

The Princess, on the other hand, either lays in bed in a fever induced slumber (she is the one who has spiked to 103) or is plowing through books like no tomorrow. Her father finally handed her the entire collection of Narnia books and said here read this. It is an all in one so it is a tad heavy for her but, I think she was actually thinking about it.

While they lay in bed I am going to try to knit but it can be difficult when all I hear is " Mama, can you get me more milk, pleaseeeeee?" (Miss Sunshine) " Mom, Do I really need to stay in bed?" (The Princess) All Day Long

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Too Much Delay of Gratification AKA The Sigma Tank

I am not one for long drawn out projects but, I have been promising my sister a sweater type something or other for quite sometime now (say over a year) so it was about time to buckle down and knit the woman something. I mean she is my daughter's mentor and well, she is my best bud. It is the least I could do for her even though she did up and move to Florida.

As some of you know, I did select something I liked, The Sigma Tank because I can play with it and plug and play numbers of my own and play with the design. I am going to do some "fixing" at the top of it. If I ever get there. Here is where it is so far:

It is being knit in Dark Green Pakucho Organic Cotton using size 8US circular needles. Thankfully my sister is a teeny tiny thang and I am making the extra-small size. Think I can be finished by Thanksgiving? Well perhaps Hanukkah? If not my sister's birthday is in May LOL

Monday, November 05, 2007

An FO, No Really

Take Lion Brand's Nature's Choice Organic Cotton Yarn

And some double pointed needles. A lot of time in waiting rooms, a creative mind, some patience and a knitting friend sitting next to you at a shopping event where you are selling your soaps and you get this:

A very cute, natural, neutral, organic cotton baby hat for a Mom who doesn't know the gender of her baby yet like my cousin who is due in February.

US 9 double pointed needles

Cast on 54 stitches evenly on 3 needles (18 on each needle). Join being careful not to twist.

k3p3 for 1 inch. stockinette till hat is long enough for you (I did 5 inches) Begin decrease.

k4, ssk around. knit 1 round.

k3 ssk around, knit 1 round.

k2 ssk around, knit 1 round

ssk around till you have 3 stitches left.

I-cord till the cord is a length you like. Bind off.

You can increase/decrease cast on as long as you can do a k3p3 rib.

Can you tell I designed this to practice my slip, slip, knits? ;-)

Winter Wonderland Coffee Swap Topic of The Week

The Winter Wonderland Coffee Swap is also going to do a topic of the week (Hmm, wonder where they got that idea from?) and here is is:

When did you first start drinking coffee? What age were you? Was it about the caffeine, or do you love the taste and smell? Tell us how your passion began!

Don't criticize but, I started drinking coffee at a VERY young age. I spend about 3 months of every year from birth in Cali, Colombia South America where it is second to Mother's Milk down there being that coffee is their largest legal crop and major export. I probably started having Cafe con leche (coffee made with milk, not water) at 5 or 6 with my breakfast. The caffeine really does not effect you at all since it is in your blood. Coffee is served with every meal when I am with my Colombian side of my family. From breakfast through late night before bed, a cafe con leche to a drink similar to the Italian expresso called Tinto served in small cups.

I am considered a "cheater" to my Colombian side, though, since I don't drink it black. I need my sweeter whether it be the yellow packets or raw sugar and milk.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

I Received my Fall into Autumn Swap Package!!

Okay so I did receive it a few days ago, my Fall into Autumn Swap package by the ever so kind and patient Katie. So now I am going to do my package and the WONDERFUL Katie some Justice and show lots and lots of pictures of my box because she had to wait soooooo long for me to talk about it.

Here is the box when I first opened it. Everything is wrapped in lovely lavender tissue paper and beautiful purple ribbons. The green tags mark things specific for Miss Sunshine and The Princess. Wasn't that nice of Katie to send things for the little ones too?

Here is everything laid out on my foyer floor. Now that is A LOT of goodies!!! I had to sneak off there to ensure I would be able to open everything without any prying or grabbing hands.

Everything unwrapped!! Exactly (I think) in the same space as above. Look at all that wonderful goodness!! That is a sheep tape measure to add to my collection of tape measures of course.

The GORGEOUS washcloth deserves a photo all on its own, of course. In a luscious shade of purple. Is there any other color?

Last, but of course no least, Manos Cotton Stria is an absolutely awesome shade of kettle dyed lavender. These are my first hanks of Manos Cotton Stria believe it or not. I love, love, love it!!!

Katie, you done good and were patient for the posting to boot so I thank you for that too!!

Friday, November 02, 2007

Bit off More than I can Chew

I am usually not one to complain often or vent but, I really did it to myself this time.

Around this time every year, Miss Sunshine's pre-school puts on a wonderful shopper's event that is a terrific fundraiser for her school. She goes to a terrific little school just outside of Philadelphia that does wonders for her, doesn't cost over the top and is non-denominational. Perfect for us.

Last year, the organizer, a Friend of mine, asked since her son was "graduating" if I would take over. I said sure since I was a craft show do-er and nothing was going on in my life really and truly. Why not?

Then the you know what hit the fan with Miss Sunshine this past summer and we have been bounce little a rubber ball from doctor to doctor from appointment to appointment here there and every where but, I made a commitment and I keep those. Plus all my other commitments like my part-time job, my soaps, my knitting, swaps, etc.

Well, folks, this month, I need to apologize to all of you because I finally realized what I did. I finally realized that I have over extended myself this passed October. I have not been ignoring you. I have not been forgetting you. I think of all of you quite often and how you are doing. Unfortunately, I don't own an i-Phone or Blackberry to blog and email in the waiting room or in traffic (I didn't say that) So I just have to think it and hope you can forgive me.

My Shopper's Event is tonight and tomorrow and then I drop my wares at yet another show so I hope things will settle again on Monday. Please wish me lots of sales

Oh and to my Fall into Autumn Pal: I did get my box!!! I haven't even had a moment to open it yet but, I wanted you to know I got it!!! So thank you!!!! It will be modeling on Monday

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Vegan Pal Swap Box Arrived!!

I am SO SORRY to my Vegan Pal 2 Swap pal, Michelle. My box arrived this passed weekend and I am JUST getting to post today. I am SO VERY SORRY about that. I am usually oh so much better than this

She sent to me such amazing goodies!! The Princess who cannot have milk LOVED the cookies. Please note that one is missing ;-) AND she is eying up the chocolate bar since we have them when we can find them around here. I will give it to her of course since I am that kind of Mom, LOL. The yarn is wonderful cotton and one of my favorites is a deep purple!

Thank you so much!! I just LOVED this swap!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Sign Ups and Buttons

Don't forget to sign up for the Winter Wonderland Coffee Swap. Sign ups began already this week! Don't miss out on the fun.

I keep forgetting to add my SNOL button to my side bar but, I will add here in the mean time, LOL

Oh and if anyone is in the market for some lower end yarn or some notions, go check out your local JoAnn's. They are having a sale right now and I think it ends tomorrow. You can sometimes get some bargain basement treasures.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

The Only Place I Knit... Lately

Ah the waiting room. Nothing better to do then to wait, read a magazine or to knit. It seems to be the only place I get to knit lately. I haven't been to my knitting group in a while because it is extremely difficult to go with Miss Sunshine. She tends to be very disruptive to the other patrons of the restaurant where the meeting is held and also apparently to the other members of the knitting group. So I can't go unless I can get a babysitter for the kids, which I have not been able to do lately.

Therefore, I knit when and where I can which is in a waiting room which I tend to be in one on average three times a week. It can be some quality knitting time. I go to different appointments for different things for both of my daughters and so I take my knitting every where with me.

I am still knitting the same top for my sister that I am still hoping to get done by the time she comes to visit for Thanksgiving. It could happen. I do have a lot of waiting room visits from now until then. There is also this hat I started with a different type of organic cotton. I try to knit a bit of each project every time. Maybe that will help get them done quicker.

I do have a few work meetings coming up. Hmm, I wonder if my boss would mind if I took my knitting with me? They are night meetings ;-)

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Smack My Forehead, I Can't Believe I Forgot to tell You

Smack the forehead hard!! With all the running around we do, Miss Sunshine, the Princess and I, I can't believe I forgot to tell you we got a new pet this past Saturday. Yes, Miss Tina Turner Tortoise has a companion. No, not another Tortoise nor a cat nor a dog (my allergies could not take it). Not even a gerbil or a mouse although both Miss Sunshine and the Princess begged and pleaded.

The Princess picked out a very lovely blue Japanese Fighter Fish AKA a Betta fish that she let Miss Sunshine name. She aptly named the fish Miss Sparkles. We have already tried to feed the fish all the fish food at once, poor fish. We now know you cannot do that. The fish resides in a very lovely new tank and if it lasts as long as our old Betta, 3 years, it will be so lucky. Perhaps we will pick up some faux plants this weekend for it.

Ask and Ye Shall Receive

As many of you know, my birthday was a few weeks back. From my family, I have asked for gift certificates to the lovely yarn shops in the past or knitting books or yarn and they look at me like I am strange but this year, this year was different.

My brother and SIL live about 45 minutes from me and I decided to look and see if there was a yarn shop in their neck of the woods. To me they live in the boonies, btw, having grown up in or very close to a major city. Lo and behold there is!! A Garden of Yarn is practically in their back yard and they carry a variety of yarns that I really like so I thought I'd half heartedly ask them to get me a gift from there. I didn't think they actually would. My SIL went there one morning after dropping her kids off at school. She told me that if she actually knitted, she would shop there she liked it so much. AMAZING!! They got me a very nice gift certificate from there so I guess I will be making the drive out there one weekend.

How much fun will that be?

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Busy, Busy....Again

Fall, a time for hay rides, apple picking, pumpkin carving and the oh so wonderful craft show. My busy season has begun! This year I am trying different things in my product line, doing some of my same shows and one or two new ones.

Getting everything thing made and ready is both fun and a ton of work. Deciding scent color shape, packaging... all the things I love. Now that everyting is in my "warehouse" I have space to really spreadout and have energy to work.

The princess has really taken an interest in the family business this year and has come up with two products of her own this season that will also go on display. I am so excited!!! One is named for our new fish, Sparkles, and is a heart shaped glycerin soap with fish embeds. The other, which she did a lot more "research" into is named for my nephews' dog and is an all natural dog Shampoo with tea tree, peppermint and lavender essential oils called Daisy's Doggie Shampoo (all of our products are named for females). Her grandmother's dog tried it and is already a fan!!

The Princess also helped me with several new soaps like Pumpkin Creme Brulee, Spearmint Eucalyptus, and Oatmeal Milk and Honey (I think half of this batch is spoken for, right Anne?). Also made some Shea butter lotion and tried my new fragrance Blue Musk that is little and fresh and I just LOVE it!!.

I have a few more weeks till my first show and a bit more work to do but, I think it is going to be an exciting fall season.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Topic of the Week for Fall into Autumn Swap

I can't believe I didn't answer my own topic of the week. Sheesh, what kind of hostess doesn't that make me. No one answer that :-P

Now that it is getting cooler here, it makes me think of apple picking and hay rides. Are you the type that likes to go to participate in all the fall festivities like apple picking, pumpkins, decorating for the fall, hay rides, baking fall goodies, etc. or do you just sit and count the days till Thanksgiving/Christmas/Hanukkah?

I can't exactly do the hay ride thing unless I take some allergy meds before I go therefore I tend to avoid them but, I do love going to the Orchards and going apple picking. We have a few really good ones near us too. Nothing beats a homemade apple pie or crisp made with apples you picked yourself, YUM! I actually just made one and ate it with some yummy tea from Mary. I also love pumpkin pie, which I make as well just not with fresh pumpkin. I keep telling myself one of these days but haven't yet.

Thanksgiving and Hanukkah are two of my favorite holidays but the "before we get there" part are pretty stressful. So, I don't exactly count the days. Yes, we are already in the who brings what and were is it going to be "discussion". Oh what fun.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Winter Wonderland Coffee Swap

The questionnaire is up for the Winter Wonderland Coffee Swap being hosted by Anne and Holly. I am very much looking forward to this swap. Okay, when am I not looking forward to a swap? (shut up Jessi)

It is a nice long questionnaire and I am going to answers as best I can in hopes that my pal really pays attention because besides my allergies, I celebrate a different holiday during the season.


What are your favorite kinds of coffee? (Brands, Roasts, anything at all you'd like to share!) I am half Colombian so I really prefer Colombian coffee

Do you prefer whole bean or ground coffee? I did have a grind and brew coffee maker but, I gave it to my Mom so I no longer have a grinder :-(

This time of year, there are often Holiday Blends available, and many flavored coffees - do you drink flavored coffee? I am not into mint coffee but I do like a pumpkin latte every so often. I like Mocha, hazelnut and vanilla on occasion as well.

Do you enjoy special blends? As long as it is Colombian ;-)

How do you take your coffee? Cream and Sugar? Straight up? My Colombia relatives call me a traitor but, I like splenda and milk in my coffee

Decaf? NEVER

Do you prefer drinking from a nice thick mug, or a matched cup and saucer? Unless I am drinking real espresso from an espresso cup, then a coffee mug

Winter and Holidays - PLEASE be descriptive! Your pal will need this information to be sure to put together a package you will enjoy!

What is your favorite part of Winter? That it is only three months long ;-) Winter break? I can go visit my sister in Florida? Hot chocolate

Do you celebrate a holiday in December, and if so, which holiday? I celebrate Hanukkah, Wahoo it is 8 days long!!

If you celebrate Christmas, do you put up a tree? No Christmas, no tree, no Hanukkah bush, no lights, no decorating, no angels, no Santas, no Reindeer, no snowmen (I am hoping you get the idea)

Would you enjoy items related to the holiday, or would you prefer a Winter themed package? If you can manage Hanukkah themed items that would be wonderful but, I know how difficult that is so winter or even a hot chocolate themed package works

Do you collect anything? Besides yarn? Disney type items like Goofy and Tinkerbell

Are there any holiday or winter-themed items (Snowmen, Angels, Snowflakes, Santas, etc) that you collect? Dreidels (Hanukkah related spinning tops) and Hanukkiahs (menorahs specifically for Hanukkah)

Do you wear scarves? Mittens? Hats? I do wear scarves and hats

What is your favorite holiday or winter treat? holiday - gelt (chocolate coins) winter - hot chocolate

Please share a favorite Winter or Holiday memory. Although I have many holiday memories and I am sure some that stick out more in my memory nothing is more meaningful than the first time the Princess could recite the blessings over the candles all by herself. I was in awe. Miss Sunshine chimes in as well now and they sing songs. It just makes my little family complete that can say the blessings themselves and enjoy it so much. They can't wait each night of the holiday when I pull out the menorah, fill in with each candle and we say the blessings together.

Yarn and Crafting

Do you Knit or Crochet? Knit

For how long? 29 years

Do you like wooden, metal, or plastic needles\hooks? I prefer wooden needles

Circular or straight? I use both depending on the project

What sort of projects do you enjoy making? Prefer ones where i have no delay of gratification meaning I can knit them up quickly

What are your favorite types of yarn to work with? Cottons and soy

Do you spin or dye? No

Do you do other crafts such as scrapbooking or needlepoint or anything else? I make handmade all natural bath and body products


When is your birthday? October 3

Do you have any children? (Furry kind count!) I have two daughters 7 and 4.5 and a Tortoise (okay she isn't furry)

What are your favorite colors? Purple, lime for one daughter and pink for the other daughter

Do you have any allergies? Are you sure you want to ask that? ;-) Animal fiber yarns like wool, mohair, cashmere, etc. I just stay away from all animal yarns to be safe including silk. I am also allergic to lanolin and silicone (you’d find them in body products), cats, most dogs, cigarette smoke and fresh cut grass.

8 Random Things

Ah yes, I just love to be tagged for these meme thinger ma bob do hickies. Thanks Jessi :-P so, here goes.....

1. Sometimes when the kids aren't home and I am procrastinating, I watch Little House on the Prairie

2. I love it that my little Princess is as an avid reader as I was at her age (and I still am)

3. I love to go to the Casinos in Atlantic City with my Mom. I just wish i had more money to blow there

4. As soon as I walk in the door at home, the girls and I kick off our shoes. All three of us prefer to go shoe-less.

5. I have no delay of gratification with new clothes, new items I've bought or even something I am knitting. This is probably why I prefer to knit something that doesn't take too long to finish.

6. I have been wearing glasses since I was the same age as the Princess is now but, she has much better eye sight then I ever did

7. It is getting to be too cold for me but, I can't see myself moving from this area any time soon

8. I have lost 50 pounds in the last 6 months

Hmm, now whom to tag....Mary, Holly, Melissa, Amanda, and Sally

Monday, October 15, 2007

Weekend Recap

Such a whirl wind weekend!! It was busy, busy to say the very least.

Let's start with Friday late afternoon, Friday night and getting ready for the Princess' birthday party. The party was at my parents' house so after school we went over there to make sure the house was spotless, toys picked up, furniture moved, chairs and tables arranged, all the paper goods set out and some decorations were hung. Pink and purple of course. My Mom and I, when all was done, sat down to a nice relaxing cup of Colada Roobios tea compliments of Mary in some fine china cups and relaxed a few moments together.

Saturday was the birthday party. We had 16 kids ages 3 - 10 playing games, having story time, had some Tina the Tortoise time, lunch and cake, backyard time and then home. Whew! Two and half hours later I was tired. Clean up took longer than the party. Doesn't it always? Princess had a BLAST with her friends and cousins. So did Miss Sunshine, of course. So much so, Miss Sunshine fell asleep in the car home which she rarely ever does. The Princess received a TON of craft projects including several bracelet makers, a perfume maker (so she can be like Mom), some paint kits and a ceramics paint set. She was allowed to open one and she opened one she could do without much assistance one of the bracelet set.

Sunday, Ah Sunday, I had been looking forward to Sunday for a very long time. It was a local soapmakers conference one state over. I was going to get to see several friends I had not seen in, well, a year or two. A few demos given on things I don't make so they were interesting to hear about. Not sure I am going to have use for the information but, it is always good to have the knowledge base. Some of my favorite vendors were there so I picked up some ingredients I needed or wanted to try. I also picked up some of my favorite Vanilla, some Tangerine Essential Oil, a new Lime fragrance that is very sweet and crisp smelling, a scent called Blue Musk that smells fantastic. The Princess wanted me to get some Blueberry and my favorite vendor told be he was getting an amazing one so I am very excited about that.

I won a ton of door prizes including a HUGE bag of goodies, some Black Raspberry Vanilla fragrance, some soy melts (hmm, I wonder where those could end up? Jessi, any ideas?) and a few other choice tidbits that you never know where they might show up).

Of course my knitting went with me. A few of the soapers knit but, they didn't bring it or consider themselves not good enough to knit in public. I told them next year I will give a demo. One of my closest buddies told me that she has a room for me in her home if I would come and teach her how to knit. BTW, she lives in Puerto Rico.

Here is what I finished at the event:

Guess what it is ;-)

Friday, October 12, 2007

Renoir Landscapes Exhibit

Both my parents had gone to Temple University at some point. For Temple Alumni, they offer some wonderful programs and they are allowed to invite guests. This time around they offered a lecture from one of their Art professors and a private tour of The Renoir Landscapes exhibit that is currently at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Springtime (in Chatou), about 1875 © Private collection one of the pictures on display

It was a great experience! The lecture was terrific and the Docents gave such great and personal information about each time period and several of the painting. I truly wished they had these events more often.

Thursday, October 11, 2007


Where did the time go and when did she get to be a young lady? My Princess turns 7 today!! She is getting to have cupcakes brought into school by me and having a family birthday dinner tonight at my Parents' house of her choosing. Her party is this Saturday with her cousins and some of her closest friends. The main attraction for the party? Tina the Tortoise of course!! She can't wait!!
Happy Birthday to my big girl!!

Waiting Room Dishcloth

I haven't posted an FO in a while. I think it is about time. I pretty much knit the entire thing in waiting rooms for appointments for both my daughters

It is the dishcloth for my swap pal in the Fall into Autumn Swap. I wanted to try something a bit different. Get back to my roots so to speak. Throw in a bit of a lacey feel and no pink or purple since it is for the Autumn. Now to remember what I did, write it down and repeat it some where else, LOL.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Tea Swap Goodies - The Photos

A moment of peace and quiet. Just a moment, to take some pictures of my goodies. You get a groups shot, a picture of my favorite item and, of course, a separate picture of the yarn.

Mary definitely spoiled me and the girls, don't you think? Both girls had decided to walk off with different items but, I told them they weren't allowed till AFTER the photo session. Thankfully, it is one rule they follow. Not even the yummy chocolates sprouted legs, yet.

Isn't he adorable? I collect ALL things Goofy (you should see our family room) Miss Sunshine loves him too and wanted to play tea party with him. Um, NO! He went straight into the China cabinet and back again after this photo. He is a PERFECT addition to our collection!!

Last, but not least, Panda cotton in Seascape. The picture does not do the color justice. Another one Miss Sunshine attempted to runaway with since this is her colorway. It is gorgeous!! Definitely a step in a different direction for me but a good one. One I really need I think.

Mary, thank you SO much for everything!!!

Intercambio Del Café con Algodón Durante Invierno

Coffee and Cotton (or Yarn) Swap During Winter or better know as Winter Wonderland Coffee Swap. Yup, that is correct, another swap!!

Sign ups do not start till October 24Th. So almost all of my other swaps with be complete except for Secret Pal 11.

The lovely Miss Anne and equally lovely Holly are hosting the swap.

Oh and how exciting! They added a link for Hanukkah patterns (Hmm wonder were they got those?)

Topic of the Week for Fall into Autumn Swap

I post the topic of the week and then don't answer my own question. Just goes to show you how much time I don't have.

Mary, don't think I forgot to take a picture of my goodies. I will, don't worry. I took these pictures last week ;-)
The top picture is a box where I keep my dpns, stitch markers, circulars, hooks, anything I can throw in there.
The bottom picture is my straight needles. The two pair of medal ones sort of in the middle are my original ones from my grandmother.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Knitting in the Waiting Room

It seems like I have been spending a ton of time in the waiting room of a doctor, a test or a therapist of some kind a lot lately. There is still a lot more to come too. When you have one daughter going through one kind of testing for her lactose intolerance and one going through testing for ADHD and getting OT you tend to get to see the inside of a lot of waiting rooms.

I think my entire dishcloth for my fall dishcloth pal was knit entirely inside a waiting room. I think the entire bottom half of my sister's top was knit inside a waiting room. I knit an entire preemie hat inside a waiting room. Now I have cast on one of my favorites, yes Anne, a Candy bag designed by Amanda.

Yup, going to sit in a waiting room Wednesday afternoon for a test for the Princess and yes going to be sitting in a waiting room for therapy for Miss Sunshine very early in the morning on Saturday. Good more knit time. Seems lately it is the only knit time I get.

Friday, October 05, 2007

I Received My Tea Package!!

I don't really have much time to give my pal, Mary the thanks she so justly deserves BUT, I wanted to write a very quick and gracious THANK YOU to her to let her know I received my Knit 1 Tea 2 Color Swap package today!! IT IS AWESOME!!!

My goodies need to have a photos session, especially since Mary asks for it so nicely and so you all can be extremely jealous ;-)

Mary, you are the best!!!

Thursday, October 04, 2007

SP 11 Pal Strikes Again!!

She tried so hard to get my package to arrive on my birthday and it was sooo close that I will give her the credit. Thank you so very much for being such an amazing SP Pal!!!

She sent a card game for The Princess and Miss Sunshine to share and a very pretty card. She also sent "Knitting for Peace" a book I have stared at in the Barnes and Noble but had yet to buy so even though I had not told anyone it was a book I had wanted to buy so thank you very much for it!!! I also received to hanks of Araucania Cotton, one in a dusty pink and one in a light purple. They feel extremely soft on the skin I cannot wait to knit them up.

Again, another wonderful, wonderful package that I love! Thank you!!!

Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU!!!

Thank you everyone for all your birthday wishes and e-cards yesterday! It all really did help make my day, it truly did!!

I did get that Starbucks, amazingly, did some knitting and had a great dinner of Colombian food at my parents' house with my daughters. I ignored all the hectic stuff going on around me, LOL

I also heard some wonderful news for my birthday. One of my close friends who is also my soap making mentor had her baby on Monday!! She had a beautiful baby girl. I am so happy for her and her husband! Thankfully her knitting is complete. I had made for her a throw blanket for the floor, a lilac Cardigan and a Heartbreakingly Cute Kimono. They live about 2 hours from me and I am supposed to go to the baby's Christening in December so I might just hand deliver her gifts then.

Now onto the next birthday. Today is my youngest nephew's birthday, he turns 3 today. Happy Birthday Little Man!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Happy Birthday to Me!!

Yup, it is that time of year again, my birthday. Although, Miss Sunshine and the Princess always end up thinking it is a birthday for them since they get to have a special meal, birthday cake and my Mom seems to always come up with party favors for the girls.

I am hoping for traditional birthday drawings from the girls and then there is the traditional birthday money from everyone else :-) I do ask for gift certificates from the local yarn shops but, I get looked at like I have three heads so it became birthday money a few years back.

I am hoping to splurge on a Starbucks, get in some knit time and relax a bit if Miss Sunshine lets me till The Princess gets home. We will see if that plan works.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

My "New" Full Time Job

Many of you have read about the marathons that little Miss Sunshine "runs" when I'd like her to do certain things or when I am trying to get her to go to sleep or settle in for the night. I joke about it and tease. However, if you can read between the lines you can read that she is hyperactive. Well, she actually has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - Impulsive variety. So they think. All of her diagnosing is not complete entirely. This is one heck of a long draw out process. Well, as my Mom told me today, Miss Sunshine just because my full time job.

In just under a year from now, Miss Sunshine will enter kindergarten in public school. I want to make sure all our ducks are in a row and we know exactly what is going on with her and I can fight for her rights as best I can. I already know of one road block. Get this, Pennsylvania is one these states in which schooling is only required from age 7 till age 16 which they consider to be 1st grade. What does that mean? If the district decide to do nothing till she is 7, they can do nothing till she is 7. I know my school district is much better than that but, hence the reason Miss Sunshine JUST became my full time job.

She was funny in one of the waiting rooms today though. She asked, "Momma, You bring your knitting? Come sit here with me and knit. (she patted the chair next to her) I'll watch Dora so you can knit next to me." Isn't she the cutest? She knows when we go to an appointment out comes the knitting.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Topic of the Week for Fall into Autumn Swap

The first day of October! Gosh I just LOVE October! So many wonderful things happen in October and me getting one year older is NOT one of them ;-)

So the question this week is: Are there any recipes you especially enjoy having in the Fall? Any foods that are seasonal that you especially enjoy? (and this one I did not write, go figure, LOL)

I am enamoured with the flavors of Autumn. I enjoy a good Apple pie, a yummy pumpkin pie a delicious pecan. I love that Tastykake, a local cake company, comes out with a variety of apple and pumpkin pies this time of year that are so sinfully good. I try to limit myself to just a couple a season.

I do have to admit though, that since my sister and the Princess cannot have any dairy I have developed a non-dairy pumpkin pie for them but, I can't share the recipe because it has become sort of famous around these parts and therefore turned into a family secret ;-)

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Sunday Reflections

I am still working on the top for my sister. It will obviously not be complete for when my Mom leaves for Florida October 14Th but, I am hoping that it is finished when my sister comes home for Thanksgiving. Crossing my fingers and praying is more like it. I really need to find more sit down, quiet time to knit. I just can't seem to find the knitting time. Perhaps when all these holidays are over and I get my head wrapped around this other stuff going on I can find some knit time.

I did actually cast on for my dishcloth for my swap partner as well. I casted on and frogged like three times but, I think I am FINALLY happy with the pattern I am working on now. Actually, the Princess helped me settle on something I could like. She is really good at that kind of thing. She is really good at selecting scents for soaps and balms too. She helped blend one of each that smell so good, Pumpkin Creme Brulee Soap and Bergamot Blended Balm (it isn't named yet because I told her she could name it). Now she wants to make a Peppermint and Tea Tree Oil Doggie Shampoo so that is on our to do list.

I finally had a bright spot in my baby knitting, I get to make something not girlie!!! One of my closest friends is having a BOY!! After 7 baby girls to knit for, I FINALLY get to knit for a baby boy! I am so excited! I ran out and bought a green and blue variegated yarn. I actually thanked her for having a boy even though I realistically know she didn't have anything to do with it.

So much to do, so little time

Friday, September 28, 2007

Smile, While I Take Your Picture

My Hostess for Secret Pal 11, Shelby, emailed us yet another contest. Yes, you probably guessed it is a flash your stash type contest. Well, I store my stash in plastic bags and in containers like this:

I decided to lay out most of my stash on my bed. I didn't include the partial and half used stuff.

As you can tell, purple and pink are very prominent. Oh and none of that is wool or other animal fibers. It is all lovely cotton, bamboo, soy, corn and lots of Blue Sky Cotton, of course. Some might end up in the hands of my swap pals because I included that in the photo as well. If you look closely, my Interlacements is in there and so is my Blue Heron.

Last picture, obviously not stash but an update of Tina the Tortoise. A few have emailed me for an update of our little babe